pu·​bes·​cence pyü-ˈbe-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce pubescence (audio)
: the quality or state of being pubescent
: a pubescent covering or surface

Examples of pubescence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its leaves were thick, like cardboard, their undersides fuzzy with a soft down botanists call pubescence. Marion Renault, The New Republic, 7 July 2022 The viburnum leaf beetle prefers viburnums with smooth leaves (little hair or pubescence). Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 2 July 2022 The movie, in truth a metaphor for adolescent pubescence and angst, comes out today on Disney+. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 After all, his post-pubescence later becomes integral to the romantic narratives of the show. Rebecca Farley,, 7 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pubescence was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pubescence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


pu·​bes·​cence pyü-ˈbes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce pubescence (audio)
: the quality or state of being pubescent : puberty
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